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  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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10 Regrets to Avoid Like the Plague!

10/25/2014 11:59:12 PM

Looking back on your life so far, do you have any regrets? Are there things you did and wish you hadn’t—or things you didn’t do and wish you had? Any relationships that are strained? Opportunities missed?  Bridges burned?   Although these are some of life’s most important questions, too many people wait until the end to ask them—and by then, it’s too late.  We’ll all have regrets from time to time. However, you can minimize big ones (or --- Read More
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A Call to Love

10/18/2014 2:19:20 PM

“All you need is love.” The famous mantra from the almost five-decade old Beatles song can still  be found carved into trees, on artwork hung around homes, printed onto T-shirts, on bumper stickers, and much more. The song itself is inspiring; asking us to look within our hearts to see how we can help change the world. However, as omnipresent as this phrase is, how big of a role does it actually have in defining us, shaping us, and influencing our actions?  If we took a mom--- Read More
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7 Easy Tips for Learning to Speak Comfortably in Groups

10/12/2014 12:38:59 AM

What do people most frequently mention as their greatest fear? Public speaking in front of an audience! (I know this all too well, having botched my wedding vows and the two lines in my 8th grade play!) The good news is this fear (and insecurity) can be overcome with proper training and experience. It’s a leadership and life skill that deserves high priority in every school and in every grade. One reason we hesitate to "put ourselves out there" in front of a crowd is our fear of saying s--- Read More
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Studying for Success: Part Three

10/4/2014 1:53:56 PM

Now you’re ready to roll. You’ve prepared well for your exam (using what you learned about my winning study method in parts one and two) and are supremely confident in your ability to perform. But wait—there are still a few other pointers that will help during your exams! Often, you’ll have essay tests instead of (or in addition to) multiple choice or short-answer exams. Here are my four tips to helping you efficiently and effectively take essay-style tests:   1--- Read More
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Studying for Success: Part Two

9/29/2014 1:52:56 AM

Hopefully you read last week’s post describing four tips for successful exam preparation. (The four pointers were: 1- Know your audience, 2- Take detailed notes, 3- Highlight while you read, and 4- Complete all assigned reading several days before the test date.) If you missed, it, here’s the LINK. Today, I’ll share my last two pointers for becoming a supremely confident test-taker:   5.       Develop your study schedule. This requires estim--- Read More
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Studying for Success: Part One

9/21/2014 4:45:08 PM

College is a huge adjustment from high school in many respects, including academics. Even the stellar high school student who graduated with a 4.0 GPA will likely be challenged (and maybe even struggle) when it comes to certain courses in university. It’s a huge step that requires major planning, because college is a whole new ball game!             I would love to share with you the study method that took my very average freshman year--- Read More
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4 Tips to Help You Accept Constructive Feedback

9/13/2014 9:36:59 PM

How committed are you to correcting your weaknesses and building your strengths? Do you embrace constructive feedback when it comes your way?             Let’s be honest. Most of us love to receive compliments. Who doesn’t love hearing they did a great job on a project, or that the shirt they’re wearing really brings out the blue in their eyes? But criticism?  Not so much. Criticism, even if it’s constructive, c--- Read More
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4 Tips to Help You Accept Constructive Feedback

9/13/2014 9:36:59 PM

How committed are you to correcting your weaknesses and building your strengths? Do you embrace constructive feedback when it comes your way?             Let’s be honest. Most of us love to receive compliments. Who doesn’t love hearing they did a great job on a project, or that the shirt they’re wearing really brings out the blue in their eyes? But criticism?  Not so much. Criticism, even if it’s constructive, c--- Read More
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Reversing the Pattern of Entitlement in Young People

9/6/2014 5:19:54 PM

As I was enjoying a much needed three-day weekend, I was reflecting on how the employment world has become so competitive. It struck me how we have to raise the bar in order just to stay even.   The question is: are we even staying even?          Two groups of people immediately came to mind when considering who could best answer this question: employers of young people and school counselors. After all, they’re the respective “consumer--- Read More
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Positioning Students for Workplace Success

9/4/2014 3:54:30 PM

Are the young people under your supervision—children, students, or employees—prepared to soar in their eventual career? Not just to land the job, but to be a workplace MVP?   With high youth unemployment and all-consuming scholastics and activities driving their schedules and priorities, many of today’s young adults are entering the work force sorely lacking the skills and maturity they need to thrive in the real world. We hear from employers all the time: “They ma--- Read More
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Are You Financially Prepared for Life's Lemons?

8/31/2014 1:24:30 PM

We’ve all experienced unexpected curveballs at some point in our lives, and realistically, we’ll probably experience many more. A lost job. A broken dishwasher. A pay cut. Medical bills. An injury that prevents you from working for several months. A leaky roof. The question is, what will you do in these situations. How will you handle them? Hopefully you’ve planned for emergencies.   According to a 2011 survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 64% of Amer--- Read More
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